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Matt Barnes says he stopped NBA player from fighting Skip Bayless


Matt Barnes claims he’s saved Skip Bayless from getting his a– whooped – twice.

Barnes, the previous NBA player who currently serves as an ESPN analyst and host of the “All The Smoke” podcast, took to his Instagram earlier this week with a video responding to Bayless for his controversial tweet concerning the Bengals-Bills game being postponed. The video now appears to have been deleted.

In his video, Barnes said Bayless’ tweet was “blatant disrespect” to Hamlin, who stays hospitalized on the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Barnes then claimed that an NBA player and a coach wanted “f–k Skip up” sooner or later within the last two years.

“I do know personally, personally that I’ve needed to diffuse two situations,” Barnes said. “One with a coach, and one with an NBA player. They desired to f–k Skip up. Personally I’ve needed to do it. One was this 12 months, one was last 12 months. Personally I had to succeed in out to Unc and arrange a conversation for individuals who desired to f–k Skip up. Luckily, cooler heads prevailed, but it surely’s just gone too far for my part.”

Bayless got here under fire during “Monday Night Football” when he tweeted concern over the Week 17 matchup being postponed as Buffalo safety Damar Hamlin received CPR from medical personnel in the primary quarter. The 24-year-old suffered cardiac arrest on the sector.

“Little question the NFL is considering postponing the remaining of this game – but how?” Bayless tweeted on the time. “This late within the season, a game of this magnitude is crucial to the regular-season final result … which suddenly seems so irrelevant.”

Skip Bayless on “Undisputed” on Jan. 3, 2023.Twitter/Undisputed

Barnes — who played 14 NBA seasons and won a championship with the Warriors in 2017 — didn’t name the player or coach involved within the alleged incidents. He went on to elucidate how Bayless’ “Undisputed” co-host, Shannon Sharpe, appears fed up on the FS1 show.

“Shannon’s had a variety of love or does have a variety of love for dude, but you may even see Shannon’s fed up,” Barnes said. “Someone’s gonna find yourself hurting Skip because his ego, his arrogance, his disrespect has form of all the time been on this level, but now I feel it’s gone to a recent level, and now he’s disrespecting his co-host in Shannon.

“… This dude Skip is all bad and he thinks that he can say and do what he wants and there isn’t going to be any repercussions, and there will not be no repercussions from his job, but any person’s gonna run up on Skip and hurt this man. I don’t know if it’s gonna be in 2023 or 2024, but it surely’s coming.”

Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless on Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless on “Undisputed” on Jan. 4, 2023. Twitter/Undisputed

Earlier on within the video, Barnes elaborated on Sharpe’s apparent frustration on “Undisputed,” noting that his body language appears tense.

“I just feel [as] of late he’s been very very very disrespectful and out of pocket, and that’s normal, but he’s been that option to Shannon,” Barnes said. “You could possibly see Shannon bite his tongue, you might see him do deep breaths from not jumping across that table and ringing that man’s neck. But I feel Skip’s day is coming, and it will not be from a firing standpoint, because you realize white men on this career can kinda get away with and do what they need.”

Sharpe skipped Tuesday’s episode of “Undisputed” after which called out Bayless for his tweet when he returned on Wednesday.

“Skip tweeted something and although I disagree with the tweet, and hopefully Skip will take it down,” Sharpe said on the time, before firing back at Bayless for constantly interrupting his monologues.

Despite sending an apology on Monday, Bayless stood by his tweet, telling Sharpe that he refuses to remove it and adding that nobody at Fox took issue with it.

Barnes joined quite a few former and current athletes across the NFL and NBA that blasted Bayless for his tweet concerning the Bengals-Bills game.

Former NBA player, Stephen Jackson, who’s Barnes’ “All The Smoke” co-host, threatened to “slap the sh-t outta [Bayless]” in a tweet, writing, “All respect gone.”

Free agent NBA point guard Isaiah Thomas replied to Bayless, writing, “I hope they fire you bro!!! So that you can even THINK of the sport could be very sad.” 

Hall of Fame wide receiver Terrell Owens reposted Bayless’ tweet to Instagram and said it’s “essentially the most despicable tweet ever,” adding, “I hope you LOSE YOUR JOB!!” 

Bills safety Damar Hamlin after a game against the Tennessee Titans at Highmark Stadium on Sept. 19, 2022 in Orchard Park, New York.  Bills safety Damar Hamlin after a game against the Tennessee Titans at Highmark Stadium on Sept. 19, 2022 in Orchard Park, Latest York. Getty Images

Fans look on as the ambulance leaves carrying Bills safety Damar Hamlin after he suffered cardiac arrest on the field against the  Bengals at Paycor Stadium on Jan. 2, 2023 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Fans look on because the ambulance leaves carrying Bills safety Damar Hamlin after he suffered cardiac arrest on the sector against the Bengals at Paycor Stadium on Jan. 2, 2023 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Getty Images

On Friday, the Bills said Hamlin’s respiratory tube was removed overnight, per his physicians at UCMC. Hamlin has been within the intensive care unit in critical condition since he was hospitalized on Monday night after suffering cardiac arrest in the primary quarter.

“He continues to progress remarkably in his recovery,” the Bills said. “His neurologic function stays intact and he has been in a position to discuss with his family and care team.”

Hamlin also FaceTimed with the team on Friday, saying, “Love you boys.”

The NFL announced on Thursday that the Week 17 matchup between the Bills and Bengals won’t be resumed and has been cancelled.

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